Nicolas ChapuisMr. Nicolas Chapuis French Ambassador to Canada

Nicolas Chapuis was born on 8 November 1957 in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Seine). He is the son of Florence Aboulker, novelist, and Jacques Floran, writer and radio producer. He was a student at the Lycée Condorcet and St Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. After graduation, he continued studying languages ​​at the INALCO Chinese and Mongolian, and history at Paris VII. He entered the Foreign Ministry in September 1980 when he was sent to Beijing as Press Secretary. He was admitted to the East contest in November 1982. Successively stationed in Beijing, Boston, Singapore, Shanghai (consul general), London (cultural advisor and director of the French Institute in the UK) and Ulaanbaatar (Ambassador), he translated several Chinese books and wrote an essay Autumn Sad in 2001. He was seconded as prefect of the department of Hautes-Alpes in 2009-2010. Back at the Quai d’Orsay in December 2010, he coordinates the mission WikiLeaks to management Prospective before becoming chief information officer on 1 st July 2011. He was appointed Ambassador of France to Canada January 9, 2015. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Institute Transcultura.


Minister MurrayThe Honourable Glen Murray Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Hon. Mr. Glen Murray currently serves as Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. He was appointed the Minister of Infrastructure and the Minister of Transportation in February 2013. He served as mayor of Winnipeg from 1998 to 2004. Glen Murray was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2010 as the MPP for Toronto Centre. He has had a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health. Murray is a founding member of the Canadian AIDS Society. Murray was also part of the World Health AIDS Service Organization’s working group for the Global Program on AIDS. Murray was a Managing Partner of AuthentiCITY, a Toronto-based urban sustainability consulting and planning firm. He was appointed Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy by former Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2005. Murray became President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute in 2007. He has served on several university, hospital and community boards, including the Expo 2015 Bid Committee and the Toronto District School Board’s Reference Group for Improving Services for Marginalized Students.


Tom PedersenDr. Tom Pedersen Chair, Canadian Climate Forum

Dr. Thomas Pedersen was appointed Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions beginning September 1, 2009. His previous positions included Dean of Science (2003-2009) and Director of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria (2002-2003), and Associate Dean, research, for the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia (2000-mid 2002). Pedersen holds a degree in geology from UBC and a PhD in marine geochemistry from the University of Edinburgh. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is an internationally recognized authority on ocean chemistry, has published extensively in the field of paleoceanography, and has longstanding interests in climate change issues and the application of government policy to climate-change mitigation and adaptation.


Ron BonnettMr. Ron Bonnett President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Ron Bonnett has had a long and varied career in agriculture. In the mid-1980s, he became the founding president of the Algoma Federation of Agriculture while also engaging in municipal politics, serving as reeve of the Township of Plummer where he advocated for rural economic development and a strong agriculture sector. It was during his time on the executive committee of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture in the 1990s that Ron joined the CFA Board of Directors, becoming 2nd Vice-President in 2007. He has held the role of CFA President since June 2010. Ron is currently an advisor to the Canadian Agriculture Policy Institute and a Board member at Farm Management Canada. At the international level, he sits on the Board of the World Farmers’ Organization and played an active role in the organization’s launch. Ron currently operates a cow-calf farm with his wife, Cathy, in Bruce Mines, ON.


Robert SandfordMr. Robert Sandford EPCOR Water Security Research Chair, United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment & Health

Bob Sandford is the EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health and the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. In his work, Bob is committed to translating scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy and to bringing international example to bear on local water issues. Among many other appointments, Bob is also senior advisor on water issues for the Interaction Council, a global public policy forum composed of more than thirty former Heads of State including Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, U.S. President Bill Clinton and the former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Brundtland. In addition to many other books, Bob is also the author or co-author of a number of high-profile works on water. His next book, Storm Warning: Water & Climate Security in a Changing Canada will be published in the fall of 2015.


Dave SauchynDr. Dave Sauchyn Research Chair, Water Resources and Climate Change, University of Regina

Dr. Dave Sauchyn is Research Professor at the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) at the University of Regina. His main research interest is the climate and hydrology of the past millennium in Canada’s western interior and how knowledge of the past can inform scenarios of future climate and water supplies. Dave is currently co-directing a five-year study of vulnerability and adaptation to climate extremes in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and the Canadian Prairies. The goal of this interdisciplinary research project is to work with local stakeholders and government agencies to improve the adaptive capacity of rural agricultural communities.


Susan Wood-BohmDr. Susan Wood-Bohm Executive Director, Biological GHG Management Program, Alberta Innovates – BIO Solutions / Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation

Dr. Susan Wood-Bohm is the Executive Director of the Biological GHG Management Program, which is funded by the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation and delivered in partnership with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. The mandate of the program is to discover, develop and deploy technologies that will reduce GHG emissions. Susan holds a BSc (Agr) from the University of Guelph, a Master’s from Queen’s University and an industrial PhD in molecular genetics earned in collaboration with Performance Plants Inc. Before joining Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Susan held a faculty position in the Department of Biology and served as the Director of the Office of Research Services at Queen’s University. Additionally, she served as the Associate Research Director for BIOCAP Canada Foundation, a not-for-profit research foundation that provided seminal leadership in the areas of climate change and the bioeconomy. Susan serves on a number of Boards, including Bioindustrial Innovation Canada.


Richard HebdaDr. Richard Hebda Adjunct Professor, Heritage Potatoes Climate Project / University of Victoria

Dr. Richard Hebda has been Curator (Botany and Earth History) at the Royal British Columbia Museum 35 years and adjunct faculty at the University of Victoria for 28 years. He curated the Climate and Climate Change exhibit at the museum and was the first faculty coordinator of the Restoration of Natural Systems Program at University of Victoria. He studies vegetation and climate history of BC, climate change and its impacts, ecology and origins of alpine ecosystems and botany of grasses. Richard Hebda is (co)author of 120+ scientific papers, 250+ popular articles on native plants and climate change; (co) author/editor of several books and major reports including several reports on climate change for NGO’s. He appears often on TV and radio, and in newspaper interviews. He recently received the Queen’s Jubilee medal for his work in palaeontology.


Laurie ChanDr. Laurie Chan Research Chair, Toxicology and Environmental Health, University of Ottawa

Prof. Laurie Chan was born in Hong Kong and obtained his B.Sc. and M.Phil. at the University of Hong Kong and Ph.D. at the University of London in Toxicology. He held faculty positions at McGill University and the University of Northern British Columbia and joined the University of Ottawa as Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Toxicology and Environmental Health and Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics in 2011. Prof. Chan is a world renowned expert in mercury toxicology and has worked with Arctic populations for over two decades. He has also served as an advisor for international and national governments and organizations and numerous Aboriginal communities on environmental health issues. Prof. Chan is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.


Don LemmenDr. Don Lemmen Research Manager, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division, Department of Natural Resources

Dr. Don Lemmen is Senior Manager of Research and Science Assessment in the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division of Natural Resources Canada. Following completion of his PhD at the University of Alberta, Don worked for 12 years as a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada before moving to science management. Since 2000, he has led development of three Canadian national science assessments that form the “Canada in a Changing Climate” series. Don was actively involved in the UNFCCC process from 2003 to 2013 as a Canadian negotiator and co-chair, and has been involved in the IPCC process since 2005. He is currently co-chair of the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee.


Geraldine VanBibberMs. Geraldine Van Bibber Chancellor, Yukon College, member of the Gwich’in First Nation

Geraldine Van Bibber was born and raised in Dawson City, Yukon with roots in Ft. McPherson, NWT. Public Servant; businesswoman; Administrator of Yukon; Commissioner of Yukon; Dame of the Order of St. John; Committee member, Arctic Inspiration Prize; Chancellor of Yukon College, and Senior Community Advisor, Office of the Premier. She has sat on various boards throughout the years including the Board of Directors of Canadian Tourism Commission; Vice-Chair, National Aboriginal Tourism; Small Business Committee member, Revenue Canada; founder, Yukon First Nation Tourism. Along with family, she operated a tourism business in central Yukon for 20 years and was very active in the tourism industry. She enjoys volunteering, reading, scrabble and favourite time of year is autumn.


Anne HammillMs. Anne Hammill Director, Resilience, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Anne Hammill is the Director for IISD’s Resilience Program, which works on the policies, tools and research needed to help societies anticipate, withstand and recover from shocks and stresses. Much of her work focuses on helping governments, civil society and the private sector embed risk management into planning processes, with a focus on climate and conflict-related risks. Anne’s most recent work has been on examining the national adaptation plan process in developing countries and how it can best support climate-resilient development. Other work has included conducting participatory field research on livelihoods and climate risk, building the capacity of governments and civil society organisations in Eastern and Central Africa to understand and address the links between conservation and conflict, and analysing different strategies for linking research, policy and practice. She holds a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Victoria (Canada) and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies from McMaster University (Canada).


Ian PerryDr. R. Ian Perry Research Scientist, Pacific Biological Station, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Dr. Ian Perry is a senior research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, at the Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC), and the Institute of Ocean Sciences (Sidney, BC). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Dr. Perry heads the Zooplankton Ecology and Ecosystems Oceanography Program in DFO’s Ocean Sciences Division. His expertise includes the effects of the environment on fish; the structure of marine ecosystems; ecosystem-based approaches to managing marine resources; the human dimensions of marine ecosystem changes; and scientific leadership of international programs on marine ecosystems and global change. He is a former Chair of the International Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics program, whose goal was to understand how global changes affect the abundance, diversity and productivity of marine populations, and is a former Chief Scientist for the North Pacific Marine Science Organisation. Dr. Perry is a recipient of DFO’s Assistant Deputy Minister’s Distinction Award, and DFO’s Prix d’Excellence.


Don McCabeMr. Don McCabe President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Past President of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada

Don McCabe, a Lambton County farmer, was elected Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) President for a one-year term at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. McCabe previously served as Vice President of the OFA since 2008. A no-till corn, soybean and wheat farmer from Inwood, ON, McCabe is the elected representative from Zone 6 representing farmers in the counties of Lambton and Middlesex on the OFA Board of Directors. With a doctorate-level education in soil genesis and classification from the University of Guelph, and a chemistry degree from the University of Western Ontario, McCabe has become a leading advocate for environmental farm stewardship in the areas of air, water, biodiversity and climate change. McCabe sits on the Thames Sydenham and Area Source Water Protection Committee. He is also a Vice Chair of the Bio-Industrial Innovation Centre and is proud to serve as Fire Chief to the Inwood Fire Department.


Karin WittenbergDr. Karin Wittenberg Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba

Dr. Karin Wittenberg has a doctorate in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Manitoba, where she is now Dean, in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. An initiative led by Dr. Wittenberg has resulted in the recent establishment of the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment (NCLE) at the University of Manitoba. Wittenberg’s work as a university academic and professional agrologist reflects the continuing need to improve economic competitiveness and to address key issues facing animal agriculture. She has been recognized for her contributions by the Canadian Society of Animal Science Award for Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Science in 2004, the YMCA Woman of the Year in Science and Innovation in 2008, the Education award from Manitoba Pork Council in 2009, and a Canadian Society of Animal Science fellowship award in 2013. Wittenberg also led the concept development, fundraising and construction for the recently opened Bruce D Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Center which features interactive displays and programming to explain the role of science in making food.


Jane RabinowiczMs. Jane Rabinowicz National Director, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security

Jane Rabinowicz is Director of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security at USC Canada (; Canada’s most comprehensive and innovative seed security program, the Initiative is working with farmers, food and farming organizations, researchers, advisors, and industry partners to build a seed system that serves as a foundation for food security, climate resilience, and community wellbeing. Jane is also co-founder and Vice President of the Silver Dollar Foundation, and sits on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Montreal. She was previously Executive Director of Santropol Roulant, Director of Development at Equiterre, and has volunteered on the Boards of Directors of Girls Action Foundation, Food Secure Canada, and the Centre for Community Organizations. She lives in Montreal.


Brian RiddellDr. Brian Riddell President and CEO, Pacific Salmon Foundation

Dr. Riddell is an internationally recognized fisheries scientist who specialized in the biology and assessment of Pacific salmons, plus fisheries management and environmental policy development. Among his professional accomplishments, he recently served as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on Ocean Climate Change and Marine Biodiversity. He is appointed as a Canadian Commissioner to the Pacific Salmon Commission. He was a scientific lead in the creation of Canada’s Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon, for which the authors received the Government of Canada’s Public Service Distinction Award in 2005. Prior to joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dr. Riddell served for 30 years in scientific research and management positions for the Government of Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He completed his doctoral studies in population genetics and ecology at McGill University.


Edward DessonMr. Ed Desson Fisheries Manager, Nisga’a Lisims Government

Mr. Edward Desson is Manager of Fisheries at Nisga’a Lisims Government in New Aiyansh, British Columbia. He provides leadership in the management of domestic and commercial fisheries on K’alii Aksim Lisims (Nass River). He has more than 28 years of experience in resource management, with a concentration in fisheries and aquatic ecosystems. He spent 15 years with the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre (A/OFRC), providing support in fisheries management to the Anishinabek Nation. Mr. Desson has participated on numerous national working groups led by the Assembly of First Nations, to help voice First Nation concerns in regards to commercial fisheries, aquaculture, water quality, fish habitat, impacts of climate change, and species at risk. Prior to the A/OFRC, he spent 9 years with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. He began his career with the Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences doing contaminants surveillance on the Great Lakes.


Tim BentonProf. Tim Benton Global Food Security Champion, Global Food Security Programme (UK)

Prof Tim Benton is the “Champion” for the UK’s Global Food Security (GFS) programme, leading, facilitating and coordinating its activities.  GFS is a partnership of the UK’s main public funders of research in food security, including the research councils and government departments (including  environment, farming and rural affairs, international development, health and business, innovation and skills).  The role of GFS is to ensure that strategically important research in this area is undertaken, and to add value to research via interdisciplinary collaboration, alignment and engagement of different communities of stakeholders.  He is also a leading researcher, based at the University of Leeds, on agri-environment interactions and finding ways to make agricultural production more sustainable.


Lars-Otto ReiersenDr. Lars-Otto Reiersen Executive Secretary, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

Lars-Otto Reiersen educated as marine biologist from the University of Oslo. He started his career as a scientist at the University of Oslo (1979-1984). From 1985 to 1992, he worked at the Norwegian State Pollution Control Authority (EPA) handling environmental regulation of shipping and oil and gas activities in the seas around Norway and at Svalbard. He was the Chair of the Scientific Assessment Group (SAG) that made the environmental assessment of the pollution of the North Sea under the North Sea Task Force (1988 – 1993). In 1989, he was involved in the establishment and implementation of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS) signed by Arctic ministers in 1991 and later in 1996 reorganized as the Arctic Council. Since 1992, he has served as the Executive Secretary for Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) one of the Working Groups under the Arctic Council. A position he still has.


Hans HurniDr. Hans Hurni Founding President and Board Member, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern

Hans Hurni is founding president of the board of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) and ordinary professor for geography and sustainable development at the Institute of Geography, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland. Besides this, he is editor-in-chief of the international, peer-reviewed journal ‘Mountain Research and Development’ (MRD); he has been director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South programme from 2001-2013; he is teaching and doing supervision of postgraduate students (Post-doc, PhD and MSc levels), member of the senate of the University of Bern, past president of the Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (CASS-KFPE, 1999-2002), and past president of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (USA, 1991-1997). In 2009 he received an honorary PhD from Haramaya University in Ethiopia.


bernard cantinDr. Bernard Cantin Program Leader, Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia

Bernard Cantin is Program Leader for the International Development Research Centre where he leads a 5-year initiative called Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, in partnership with the UK Department for International Development, which aims to build the resilience of vulnerable populations and their livelihoods in three hot-spots (major deltas, basin-fed glaciers, and semi-arid regions) by supporting collaborative research to inform policy and practice. His work experience includes consultancy in strategic planning and 15 years in policy and policy research for the Government of Canada in the areas of agriculture policy, fisheries management, water management, and climate change adaptation. Bernard received a Ph.D in Political Science and a MSc in Economics from the University of Montreal. He specialized in international affairs, comparative politics, macroeconomics, and environmental policy.